You should probably add hydrogen peroxide (food grade), Lugol’s iodine, and a nebulizer to your Covid kit.
Here is some data (a lot of information!) I put together – I think you’ll be convinced!
Some of the same information shows up in more than one article, or more than one video. I offer all of them here, as they each have unique pieces of information that I did not want you to miss.
Normal Saline is the commonly used phrase for a solution of 0.90% of salt (NaCl, or sodium chloride, table salt, basically) or 9.0 g salt per liter (of water).
Note: 1 liter equals 4 cups (4.2 cups to be exact).
Isotonic Saline Solution – Isotonic (0.9%) saline is the most classical of all infusion fluids. It consists of sodium chloride (NaCl) dispersed in sterile water (same meaning as Normal Saline)
How many teaspoons are 9 grams of salt? Online calculator says 1.6 teaspoons will give you 9 grams (measuring teaspoons please, not silverware!)
See calculator below,
I double checked here, same answer,
Hypertonic Saline means any solution of sodium chloride (NaCl – salt) in water with a concentration of NaCl higher than that found in physiological (normal) saline (0.9%).
Wikipedia: Hypertonic saline—7% NaCl solutions are used to hydrate thick secretions (mucus) in order to make it easier to cough up and out (expectorate). 3% hypertonic saline solutions are also used in critical care settings.
What’s the recipe? Exactly what do you put in the nebulizer?
From the following article,
“If you’re using 5% Lugol’s solution, simply add one drop to your nebulizer after filling it with the diluted peroxide solution. If you’re using 2% Lugol’s solution, which is available over the counter, add two drops”
Dr Mercola says,
“I recommend diluting it [hydrogen peroxide] down to 0.1%. Brownstein recommends diluting it to 0.04%. Tom Levy recommends 3% and higher. Ideally, use food grade hydrogen peroxide, as it does not have any harmful stabilizers. If you pre-dilute to 0.04%, it will stay potent for about three months when kept refrigerated. If you do a 0.1% dilution, it may stay potent a bit longer.
If you don’t have access to saline, you could make your own by mixing one teaspoon of unprocessed salt (such as Himalayan salt, Celtic salt or Redmond’s real salt) into a pint of water. This will give you a 0.9% saline solution, which is about the concentration found in body fluids [normal saline]. Using that saline, you will then dilute the hydrogen peroxide as described in this chart.”
[Note: the above formula will give you a slightly hypertonic (higher than normal) saline solution, since per the calculators above 1 pint (2 cups) mixed with .08 teaspoons would give you normal saline (equivalent to 4 cups/ 1 liter mixed with 1.6 teaspoons). In his video below, Dr Mercola actually says to mix a pint – 2 cups – of normal saline with “slightly less thank a teaspoon of salt”]
Also please note, in the diagram below. 7 1/4 tsp means 7 teaspoons AND 1/4 teaspoon, NOT 7 x 1/4 teaspoons The math: 1 part (1/4 tsp) peroxide to 29 parts saline (7 teaspoons = 28 quarter teaspoons, plus 1/4 teaspoon = 29 quarter teaspoons) gives you 1/30 (total parts). 3% x 1/30 gives you 0.1 %
Important: Use only food grade hydrogen peroxide, as recommended in the article.
Here it is on Amazon, and it looks like they sell it at Whole Foods as well
I made a mistake in my own family:
My son was ill, actually not Covid, but another flu. I talked him into nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. The mistake I made was using a bottle of saline nasal spray to get my “normal saline”, which (I realized later) had stabilizers and preservatives in it. I do have preservative-free saline spray, but it comes in a spray canister that cannot be opened. The other mistake I made was putting too much of the hydrogen peroxide mix in the nebulizer, so the darn thing was bubbling all over the place while he was nebulizing. My son stayed with it for a few minutes , then told me it didn’t feel right, and stopped. I’m pretty sure he was getting irritated due to the preservatives in the saline I used. (Dr Mercola goes over how much to fill the nebulizer in one of the videos below – not much!).
Lazy person’s shortcut to get normal saline as above:
I bought a few of these bottles, cheap enough. I like that they are sterile, already made, and I don’t have to worry whether I measured everything correctly. No preservatives, either!
Find them here:
Summarizing the steps above, you’ll need normal saline, which you will mix with food grade hydrogen peroxide in the correct ratio, and you have the option to also add Lugol’s Solution.
Here is an obscure but very interesting blog post that came up during my research, by Pancham Prashar, from India. He takes you through his experience with nebulizing hydrogen peroxide, steps to preparation, and some additional information that is really good!
Click here for the post:
Dr Mercola says in the video included in the following link: Nebulized hydrogen peroxide “is the single most effective strategy”!
More Info – don’t miss this!
Here are two videos, both good. The bottom one is Dr Mercola explaining and demonstrating making the hydrogen peroxide solution and using the nebulizer.
Some vocabulary used in Dr Mercola’s video:
Osmolality: Plasma osmolality measures the body’s electrolyte-water balance. Osmolality is the concentration of particles dissolved in a fluid. When there is less water in your blood, the concentration of particles is greater. Osmolality increases when you are dehydrated and decreases when you have too much fluid in your blood.
Hemolyze: Hemolysis is the breakdown of red blood cells. When the cells break down they hemolyze.
Epithelial cells: Epithelial cells of the lung are located at the interface between the environment and the organism and serve many important functions including barrier protection, fluid balance, mucus production, initiation of immune response and repair following injury
Watch the videos:
In case you missed it:
Dr Mercola said to put about 1/2 teaspoon in the nebulizer. This is about 2.5 ml.
I found this online: A minimum of liquid medication is needed to be able to nebulize. A volume of around 2 mL to 3 mL is a reasonable amount to use for nebulization.
He said to nebulize every hour if necessary during an infection, then every 4 to 6 hours as you start to improve.
Let’s talk about controversy:
Right above the Mercola video is a pdf (copied here) which fully explains the attacks that have occurred regarding the hydrogen peroxide nebulizer treatment.
You might also find this interesting – when I used Google to research this treatment, I got a full page of “Bad”, “Terrible”, “Debunked”, “Unsafe” type of articles. When I switched to Duck Duck Go for my search engine, I found an abundance of links which I mostly shared here.
Other treatments that can be used with your nebulizer:
If you are hesitant about using hydrogen peroxide, you can use hypertonic saline, either 3% or 7% concentration (see definitions at the top).
The following article gives a recipe for homemade hypertonic saline, and an explanation of why this works to kill viruses.
“In light of the tremendous transmission rate of COVID-19, it is our recommendation that we follow Grandma’s advice and use saline water gargles and nasal irrigation daily. Within two weeks, Grandmother may be smiling, as she watches a dramatic reduction in the spread of COVID-19.”
I calculated the salt concentration in the recipe from the article above.
- 4 cups of freshly boiled water (rolling boil for 3 minutes to purify)
- 2 Tablespoons of sea salt (or table salt) (non-iodized salt preferred but not critical)
By my calculations, (see Definitions section above), 1.6 teaspoons to 4 cups of water gives you 0.9% concentration. 2 tablespoons are equal to 6 teaspoons, so the recipe above is 4 x more “salty” (1.6 teaspoons x 4 = 6.4 teaspoons, just a little over 2 tablespoons) and would give you a concentration of 3.6% saline (4 x 0.9% = 3.6%)
Lazy person’s shortcut to get 3% hypertonic saline is to buy these 3% sterile ampules on Amazon.
You can also get 7% hypertonic saline – this website has a description of the benefits:
“Recent clinical studies in patients with cystic fibrosis, have shown that inhalation of hypertonic saline produced a sustained acceleration of mucus clearance and improved lung function. This treatment improves sputum viscosity and ease expectoration.”
Also available on Amazon for a few more dollars:
What else can you use in your nebulizer?
Colloidal silver! Once again, only negative headlines through Google, but found this thorough article and product recommendation through Duck Duck Go.
The following article is excellent. It has a great chart for making saline and hydrogen peroxide mix, it goes over nebulizing colloidal silver, and even explains nebulizing with glutathione. https://drjockers.com/nebulizing/
His product recommendation is different than the one recommended in the previous article, I would chose the one from the other article (Sovereign Silver).
What else can you use in a nebulizer?
In certain situations where you have difficulty breathing or are trying to manage your oxygen saturation because it is too low, your doctor (or telemedicine doctor) might prescribe Albuterol and Budesonide. Yes, even your regular doctor should be willing to prescribe these, because they haven’t been “blacklisted” as Covid treatments. So, it’s good to own a nebulizer.
Where to buy nebulizers (no prescription needed):
If you have a prescription you can get one at a pharmacy or at a medical supply store. We did that for a family member, got a Phillips from medical supply store, and the machine was of poor quality, putting out heat where it wasn’t supposed to, kinked tubes that were blocking the air flow. Not recommended.
You can look around on Amazon. I did that, I was in a hurry, and ended up with a Chinese brand that I later saw had bad reviews. Also, oops, not returnable. Darn. If you buy on Amazon, make sure it’s returnable, and test it with some saline when you get it home.
This place was recommended to me for purchasing a nebulizer: https://justnebulizers.com/collections/nebulizer-systems
In my opinion, everyone should have a nebulizer on hand.
If you buy a nebulizer that does not come with a mask (some don’t), order one separately for a few dollars on Amazon. Dr Mercola specifically said to make sure you are able to breathe the cold steam through your nose, as well as your mouth.
On a Zoom call with Dr McCullough in November 2021, I asked him what he thought of nebulizing with diluted hydrogen peroxide, and he said, “Great idea! And you can also add a few drops of Lugol’s iodine in it.”
Be well, do well, stay well!